Generating Works and Battery Energy Store in 2016
PARK HERITAGE TRUST (LPHT)
LPHT, is a not for profit organization with charitable
objects: A Charity. The
main aim of our Charity is to conserve and protect the archaeological evidence
contained in the structure known as Herstmonceux
Electricity Works in 1911, to include where necessary and
appropriate, restoration and conservation works. Herstmonceux
Electricity Works is now
known as Herstmonceux
(FORMAL) OBJECTS OF THE CHARITY ARE:
As the long-term trustees of what is presently known as ‘Herstmonceux
Museum’ in actuality, the early electricity generating buildings dating from between Circa 1890 and 1909, situated, in Lime Park in the Parish of Herstmonceux, East Sussex, BN27 1RF, United Kingdom, to take all reasonable steps to protect, conserve, maintain and where applicable, carry out necessary restoration works and repairs to the monument, with reference to a
Report from Archaeology South East, Institute of Archaeology, University College
London, dating from 30th September 1999, Project Reference: 1146, centred at TQ 635 1223 (David & Barbara Martin).
In furtherance of these objects, to manage the property, to obtain a reasonable and beneficial use, such as to (insofar as possible) generate an income
(or part income) for the upkeep of the grounds, fences, grass, hedge cutting, and to settle bills for heating, lighting and other necessary services, in support of the historic Monument, once part of a Monument Protection Programme (MMP), as part of a Monuments At Risk register (MARS) with reference to English Heritage Electric Power unusual wooden architecture 5th May 1999, and Step 4 Report inclusion, June 2000 (Jill Chitty).
HOW DO WE ACHIEVE THIS?
We arrange for maintenance and repairs, settles service accounts and other general administrative functions relating to the historic asset.
We also invite and make application for financial assistance, as and
where applicable, in furtherance of the objects. To include, where
applicable, negotiating and liaising at local, national and
international level, by way of due diligence.
WHAT ARE THE BUILDINGS THE TRUST WILL PRESERVE?
The building is an early electricity generating station and battery
energy store dating from C.1900, the subject of inclusion on a Monument Protection Programme (Step 4 MMP), also included on the database at East Sussex County Council as SMR: MES23175 as an extant building. Site Name: C19-C20 Generating Station.
The TRUST owns the building.
HOW IS THE BUILDING OF HISTORICAL OR ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST?
The building is an early electricity generating station dating from C.1900, the subject of inclusion on a Monument Protection Programme (Step 4 MMP), also included on the database at East Sussex County Council as SMR: MES23175 as an extant building. Site Name: C19-C20 Generating Station.
WHO CAN VISIT THE BUILDING?
Anyone with an interest in industrial archaeology, the history and development of the electrical generating industry. By way of on interest in the development of man and the emergence of the age of
electricity. This includes students and the general public, who may either have an interest in the subject, or are researching the technology, English Heritage and Historic England.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE TRUST'S PURPOSES?
A unique historic building may be protected, serviced and preserved for future generations.
With the potential for future world
heritage listing, as and when the heritage, in this case the battery
energy storage and electricity
generating technology become recognised as being of international
further developments of the site.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE TRUST'S PURPOSES?
The benefit is available to everyone (members of the public) who cares
to visit Herstmonceux Museum. Visitors do not have to be members of the/any organisation to benefit from
the Trust's purposes. Entry to the Museum is free at this time.
WHAT OTHER SERVICES ARE THERE?
(a) The property is used for storage of artefacts connected with the electricity origins, including heritage research and other related documents as an archive connected with the early electricity generating history.
The property is used to store equipment, tools, etc., in connection with the upkeep and general maintenance of the historic complex.
The property includes a canteen for those workers or volunteers helping to keep the site in good order, by way of providing facilities to eat food, including other facilities as required by Health & Safety Regulations, such as for washing and hanging protective work clothing.
There are toilets on the premises.
There is also parking for work vehicles and general transport in relation to maintenance of the complex, such as for disposing of hedge waste, for example.
WILL THE PROPERTY BENEFIT FROM BUSINESS RATE RELIEF?
In connection with the administration, administrative office, tool storage and workshop for repairs and servicing of the historic asset and any equipment used in connection with the general preservation, etc., a commercial rate is/was applied to that area, already discounted to 100%, such that nothing is payable to the local authority.
Though, other charges may apply in the future, subject to development
and negotiation, as may be required in furtherance of the objects.
WHO ARE THE MAIN CONTACTS FOR THE MUSEUM?